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  • On Jan 7, 2024
    Tara from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! What time does Disney start selling balloons at Magic Kingdom? We will be there next month for my son 13th birthday. We are taking Capture Your Moments pictures at 9:15 AM. Will it be possible for us to get a balloon before taking the pictures?

    Hi there, Tara!

    Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort is absolutely magical. I am so glad your son will get to experience it for such a milestone year. Be sure to add the celebration to your reservation and pick up a 'Happy Birthday' button from Guest Services or any Front Desk location so that he can receive well wishes all day long! I celebrated my 30th birthday in Magic Kingdom Park, and because I proudly wore the celebration button, I was treated to an impromptu and (slightly off-key) 'Happy Birthday' serenade from our Jungle Cruise skipper as we disembarked. 

    I always say that I'm happiest on Main Street, U.S.A. The sight of a Cast Member holding a bundle of colorful balloons with Cinderella Castle shining in the distance lets me know I'm home. Having an iconic Mickey Mouse balloon in your photos will add such a magical touch, so I contacted a helpful Cast Member for the most up-to-date information. He shared that since balloons are sold by a third-party vendor and their sale is contingent upon certain extenuating factors such as weather, wind, and delivery, there is no guarantee of the exact time sales will begin each day at Magic Kingdom Park. If you would like to ensure that your son is able to have a balloon featured in his Capture Your Moment photo session, I suggest purchasing a balloon the evening before the session and bringing it with you into Magic Kingdom the next morning. I confirmed with the Cast Member that balloons are regularly sold in Magic Kingdom on Main Street, U.S.A., Disney's Hollywood Studios on or around Hollywood Boulevard, and Disney Springs in the vicinity of Town Center. Of course, as previously mentioned, because the sale is contingent upon certain factors there is no guarantee of their appearance on any given day, so I'll be thinking the happiest of thoughts for your son on his special day. 

    A couple of bonus tips:
     - Did you know that Walt Disney World Resort balloons can be replaced if they pop during your trip? All you have to do is bring the deflated balloon to a Cast Member for an exchange.

    - Guests can have celebration buttons personalized by an artist at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. Because this comes with a small fee (similar to what you would be charged to add personalization to an ornament), I only choose to honor my extra-special celebrations in this way. There might be a wait, so I suggest dropping by early in the day to ensure you are at the top of the personalization list. 

    I hope your son's birthday is full of magical memories for your entire family, Tara! Feel free to stop by back with any additional questions that arise before your vacation. 

    Cheers to 2024,

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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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